Pop Smoke performs his singles “Welcome To The Party” and “Dior” for Vevo’s ‘DSCVR’ series.
Pop Smoke chose to go it alone on his debut mixtape, ‘Meet The Woo,’ and with zero features, fans get a deep dose of the buzzed-about rapper. “[I’m] the hardest in New York,” he once told an interviewer while explaining the choice to eschew features, “you want other people in my shit?” The Brooklyn MC has one of the most ominous rasps around, and when he rhymes – often about street action that includes lots of vivid violence and milks the darker tones of drill – there’s usually some kind of threat in the air. From “Welcome To the Party” to “Better Have Your Gun,” this fan of 50 Cent, JAY-Z and Meek Mill, a Canarsie dude with Panamanian family roots, is reviving the kind of NYC rap that flaunts its dangerous side. It’s a mix of “aggression and fashion” he has said, the second qualifier perhaps a reference to his other hit, “Dior.” When the New York Times wrote about hi in early September, the opening scene took place in a high-end clothing store. It’s an enticing mix for sure, and the two performances he delivered for our Artists To Watch series, illustrate Pop Smoke’s moody charisma. Put ‘em on the headphones and crank it up.
Watch the footage below.